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08/10/2008
NASH CUP
 

Qualifier Rasheed Nabs Nash Cup

Nash Cup 2008
Ontario, Canada, 01-05 Oct, $6k
Round One
02-Oct
Quarters
03-Oct
Semis
04-Oct
Final
05-Oct
[1] David Phillips (Can)
11/5, 1/11, 11/3, 8/11, 11/3 (51m)
[Q] Rudi Willemse (Rsa)
David Phillips
11/3, 11/6, 11/4 (29m)
Dave Glass
David Phillips
6/11, 5/11, 14/12, 11/5, 11/4 (67m)
Gilly Lane
David Phillips
11/8, 9/11,11/9, 11/5 (56m)

 Farzan Rasheed
[7] Michal Reid (Can)
7/11, 4/11, 11/6, 11/1, 11/8 (62m)
Dave Glass (Can)
[3] Gilly Lane (Usa)
11/3, 11/3, 3/11, 7/11, 11/3 (59m)
Dane Sharp (Can)
 Gilly Lane
11/6, 11/7, 11/6 (31)
Ian Power
[5] Ian Power (Can)
11/1, 11/5, 11/5 (21m)
Bernard Reid (Can)
Matt Serediak (Can)
11/1, 11/7, 11/4 (21m)
[6] Keith Pritchard (Can)
Matt Serediak
11/6, 11/8, 11/5 (28)
Tom Pashley
 Tom Pashley
11/6, 11/5, 11/1 (26m)
Farzan Rasheed
[Q] TG Raubenheimer (Rsa)
11/8, 12/10, 6/11, 11/5 (57m)
[4] Tom Pashley (Eng)
[Q] Farzan Rasheed (Pak)
11/5, 11/3, 11/6 (22m)
[8] Tyler Hamilton (Can)
Farzan Rasheed
11/6, 12/10, 11/4 (45m)
Robin Clarke
[Q] Chris Hanebury (Can)
11/3, 11/5, 11/8 (27m)
[2] Robin Clarke (Can)

Qualifier Rasheed Nabs Nash Cup

Despite more than 270 world ranking positions separating the pair, Pakistan qualifier Farzan Rasheed defeated top-seeded Canadian David Phillips in the final of the Nash Cup in Canada to earn his first PSA Tour squash title at the $6,000 Super Satellite event at London Squash Rackets Club in London, Ontario.

Playing in only his third Tour event, Rasheed made his breakthrough in the quarter-finals, beating Canada’s second seed Robin Clarke in straight games.  A 26-minute victory over fourth-seeded Englishman Tom Pashley in the semi-finals took the 19-year-old – born in Bahawalpur, but now based in the UK – into his first Tour final.

Favourite Phillips, the world No70 from Montreal, survived a marathon five-game 67-minute encounter against Gilly Lane, the No3 seed from the USA, before also celebrating his maiden PSA final appearance.

“The final was exceptional,” reported Tournament Director Richard Yendell.

“The match opened with players matching each other point for point.  Rasheed seemed a bit more tense than previous matches and gave Phillips a few free points with some uncharacteristic errors.  However at 7-5 he began to pull ahead and eventually won the first game 11-8.

“The second was much different.  Phillips began to impose his steady play on Rasheed and did an excellent job of containing the young Pakistani's powerful drives.  It was very tight but in the end Phillips drew level at one all.”

Rasheed went on the take the next two games to claim his remarkable 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory after 56 minutes – and join the select group of players who have won their maiden Tour titles as qualifiers.